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Outdoor Power Equipment & Other Small Engine Mechanics

Also called: Mechanic, Outdoor Power Equipment Service Technician, Service Technician (Service Tech), Small Engine Mechanic

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What they do:
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment and related equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Record repairs made, time spent, and parts used.
  • Test and inspect engines to determine malfunctions, to locate missing and broken parts, and to verify repairs, using diagnostic instruments.
  • Dismantle engines, using hand tools, and examine parts for defects.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Business
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Ideal Computer Systems Ideal OPE
  • RepairTRAX
Analytical or scientific software
  • Land & Sea DYNO-MAX
  • VersaDyne small engine test system
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$34,370
$22,130
$52,640
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